Irish Whiskey - Single Malt

Redbreast 12yr Pure Pot Still Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    650 / 904
    Rabble Rating
    4.5 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $29
    Proof
    86.0
    N/A

Rating Description

91st Percentile
This score falls in the 91st percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.

Proof66 Notes

Redbreast 12yr Irish Whiskey is the youngest of the triple pot-distillation brand. It was the first of the Rebreast brand to launch and remains a favorite among many amateurs and critics to this day who celebrate it as a pure example of the Irish whiskey craft.

Named Top Irish Whiskey in the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Named Top Irish Whiskey in the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Redbreast Irish whiskey is a label that was first launched as a Jameson product specific to whiskey bonders, dwindled, and then enjoyed a rebirth in the 1990s. It is still produced at the Midleton Distillery where Jameson is produced. Their signature distinction is the "pure pot still whiskey," which means it is made in the Irish tradition of eschewing more mass-produced column still distillation. Some describe the product as fuller-bodied with oilier but lighter texture. The whiskeys are aged in a combination of American Oak ex-bourbon casks as well as Spanish sherry casks--a practice common in scotch--that lends an additional color and flavor to the whiskey. As with many Irish whiskeys, it made from a grain bill of malted and un-malted barley, which creates the lighter profile as compared to single-malt whiskey (and why we classify it as a "blend").

Muncher Muncher (125) (2014-03-16)
Fruity with a bit of oak in the finish. The fruitiness reminds of some of the bubble gums I chewed as a kid. It's really good but I can't give it 5 stars because it's just a little too simple.
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Wuli27 Wuli27 (33) (2014-03-10)
not bad, but I can't see why it's always so hyped up...I 've tried it a half dozen times now...it must be not for me...
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NeatPour NeatPour (172) (2013-08-06)
I'm afraid I only like (not love) this celebrated bottle (I really wanted to love it). The juice is smooth & light with very very delicate flavors. Imo they are a bit too delicate. Those that like bolder whiskey's like smokey (laph/ard), oaky, or even sweet (glenmorangie) may be let down. For those that really enjoy an ultra smooth whisky like blue label or crown reserve, I think you'll find this to be right up your alley. Personally I think irish whiskey's benefit from finishing in pre-flavored flasks (aka ex-sherry/olorosso) where an understated base can serve as a stage for other flavor layerings... but that's just me. Please do try though, there is nothing bad or offputting whatsoever. The balance is nice & certainly worth a try.
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egray66 egray66 (6) (2013-05-10)
This is one of my favorites. Very smooth and it just lingers in a good way on your palate. Pour about 6 ounces and take a couple of hours enjoying this fine creation. Great by the fire on a cold night.
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BigTee BigTee (5) (2013-04-28)
This definitely is a must have. The best whiskey Ive ever had. Best served neat.
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brenpd brenpd (2) (2013-04-16)
Quite possibly the best single malt Irish whiskey on the market. Light on the tongue, smooth finish. Better than the more expensive and older aged whiskeys.
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Quetzal Quetzal (85) (2013-03-29)
(4 out of 5). One of my favorite Irish whiskys. Strong banana bread on the nose with dried fruit and vanilla. Oily mouth feel, complex and spicy on the tongue. Upgrade from Jameson and Bushmills and get this! $54 in my area.
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joelbarrett joelbarrett (58) (2013-03-21)
Good stuff
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StanMemTn StanMemTn (84) (2012-12-08)
Outstanding. A rich, oily, palate clinging whiskey. Lovely sweetness with plenty of oak. Bottle-worthy to be sure!
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Bigdog74 Bigdog74 (2) (2012-02-14)
This is certainly the staple treat in my whiskey arsenal.
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willempy willempy (14) (2012-02-08)
What a surprise this was! I fullyy agree with other reviewers: it is a must have!
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Meridian Meridian (6) (2011-12-30)
Love this Whiskey. Jameson is my regular but Red Breast is the Treat! So good. Sweeter and more smooth than Jamison.
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Allan Allan (119) (2011-07-14)
The best Irish whiskey I have found.Smooth with the flavors developing nicely with little burn. But a bit expensive.
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mvg1 mvg1 (21) (2011-01-30)
Excellent 5 *****s on this one, very complex I was not to sure if this whiskey could keep up with the greats like tycronnell, blackbush, and bushmills 10 in around the same price point. The nose, bannana bread dry fruit and a slight bite from the alcohol. On the palate it was fantastic very fruity slight vanilla, and toffee,with at the end it was a very slight black liquorice taste that was not overpowering and accepted in my book. medium to long finish... Also smooth as silk. wonderful !!!
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Phizbin Phizbin (188) (2010-05-31)
Got a chance to try this whiskey in an Irish bar with a local band playing Irish music. Perfect setting! I really liked this one--it was every inch a premium scotch with a deep undercurrent of oak. There's no trace of heat or burn. The only potential flaw was that I thought that they might have left it in the barrel a bit too long...
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Irishman Irishman (251) (2009-04-15)
This award winning Irish whiskey is worth every penny. Outstanding quality and definitely a must have bottle for any well rounded bar.
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